"Red Solo Cup" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Drinking song is meant to be silly but still isn't for kids.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

Celebrates partying and getting drunk.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models; video shows college-age kids drunk, partying, and falling over.


Video shows scantily-clad college-age girls drunk and falling over each other.


 "Kiss my ass," "testicles."


Video features some celebrity figures like basketball star Larry Bird, rockers Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent, TV show host Craig Ferguson, and baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. Also, Solo Cup is a brand name.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Video shows college-age kids drinking and partying and smoking a "bong-like" contraption made out of the notorious red cup. Lyrics are about drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is a satirical homage to the infamous red plastic cup that is so popular at parties and the sudsy libations that often go in it. The video shows Toby Keith and scantily clad college-age kids drunk and partying, and the lyrics also celebrate drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJirafnutt January 8, 2012

Repetitive song about stereotypical college lifestyle.

Personally, I find this song incredibly annoying. Yes, it can be funny, but I find it more irritating than entertaining. The focus of the song is college drin... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2016

Wait What?

I don't even know what I just heard but the guy who made this song obviously had WAY too many red solo cups. Honestly I don't think he was sober when... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIsaac T September 11, 2015

Red Solo Cup...it's useless beyond words.

Useless song celebrates drinking, and even more so, red solo cups. It's so stupid it's almost amusing, especially when Toby says, "Red Solo Cup,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Country star Toby Keith relives the glorious, stupid, and suds-filled college days with "RED SOLO CUP," a satirical spoof/homage to the red Solo brand plastic cup that's often the star of parties and gatherings where beer is served. The video features Keith at a college party, as well as some celebrities like Larry Bird, Roger Clemens, and Ted Nugent sharing their love of the cup and beer.

Is it any good?

"Red Solo Cup" is meant to be fun and not taken too seriously, and it certainly is very catchy and entertaining. Keith vents and rhymes and relives the mindless, carefree life of a college kid. The track is sure to frequent playlists on the college party scene, but it's nothing groundbreaking or award-winning by any means. The video features Keith and college-goers (in bikinis) drinking to the point of stupor and intoxication, so although it's meant to be humourous, it's still best for older teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tunes that celebrate drinking. Do these songs ever point out the consequences of drinking, or do they just focus on the fun aspects? What can happen when you consume too much alcohol or experiment with it while underage?

  • This video features some popular sports stars and celebrities drinking from the "red solo cup." What kind of message do you think it sends when celebrities are part of something that may not be appropriate for all ages?

Music details

  • Artist: Toby Keith
  • Release date: October 24, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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